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Dr. Geoffrey Rutledge
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Air Embolism (Definition)

Blood vessels are made to carry blood - liquid. A small amount of air in a vessel is not usually a big deal as it will be absorbed into the blood. Larger volumes of air (10 mL or larger) can be significant to block blood flow in that vessel. That is bad in the brain (stroke) and really bad in the heart because ...Read more


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Was fingering and now i'm worried I have an air embolism?

Why?: What is fingering? Why would you think about air embolism? For air embolism you would have to inject air to obstruct your right heart, for example with a syringe. There there does not seem to any issue. ...Read more

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What are early warning signs and symptoms of air embolism?

What are early warning signs and symptoms of air embolism?

Variable: Small amounts of air in circulation may be asymptomatic. Introduction of 100 cc or more of air may cause heart failure, respiratory distress, presence of air in the heart on chest x-ray and in severe cases alterations in mental status and stroke like symptoms. ...Read more

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How can an air embolism kill your fetus?

Extremely rare: Air embolism refers to air or gas entering the blood stream. In an adult it can be from an intravenous line. In the case of a fetus the potential would be from the mothers bloodstream or vaginal canal. If you have concerns then discuss these with your obstetrician. They are here to help you and rare case reports exist. ...Read more

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Does air embolism occur during pregnancy?

Unlikely but possibl: Embolism during delevery is rare dangerous event, it is possible unfortunately if it happens it is more due to aminiotic fluid embolism. ...Read more

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Help doctors! what're the treatments for air embolism from an iv?

Left side down: Time the oxygen and co2 clear quickly. Nitrogen is 80% and slower to absorb. But if it stays in the upside chambers, by lying on left sued, it will break up and go to lungs and be slowly absorbed. Unless IV on pump and large volume, risk is low. ...Read more

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Is it possible to have an air embolism from sexual intercourse?

Air embolism : No. Air embolism is the introduction of air into the vascular system in sufficient volumes to compromise the blood flow to a target organ (usually the lungs, heart and brain). This is not possible with sexual intercourse. Sex can introduce air into the abdominal cavity but this is harmless. ...Read more

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How long does difficulty breathing associated with air embolism last?

Not very long: Shortness of breath aftercare embolism is not usually last for a long. Your body usually absorbs the air very quickly, and it is gone within a few hours. ...Read more

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Is it possible for rough sex during early pregnancy to cause air embolism?

Is it possible for rough sex during early pregnancy to cause air embolism?

Never heard of that: Doubtful, but i guess anything is possible. One of the causes listed in the literature for free air in the abdomen is "rough sex." i guess one could translate that to the possibility of air embolism. ...Read more

Dr. Lynne Weixel
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Embolus (Definition)

Usually a blood clot that migrates from one area of the body to another. Most commonly a clot from a leg vein to the lung . It can also pertain to a clot, or atheromatous material that moves from one segment to another, such as cholesterol material in a carotid lesion moving into the ...Read more


Dr. Joel Gotvald
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Vascular Surgeons (Definition)

Vascular surgeons are physicians who specialize in performing procedures that help treat and manage diseases of blood vessels, which include the arteries and veins. Such conditions may include circulatory problems in diabetics, varicose veins, peripheral artery disease, ...Read more